TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
With warmer weather coming, Tennessee State Parks is hosting free guided spring hikes in all 56 state parks led by park rangers on Saturday, March 23.
And hikes are available in every direction … depending on how far you are willing to travel.
The hikes fit every level, from short easy-to-walk trails to longer treks through more adventurous terrain, each featuring the natural settings that are so diverse across the state.
“The spring hikes are a great way to explore our parks, as well as get to know other people who share the outdoors in a group setting,” said Anne Marshall, acting deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Our state parks staff has valuable expertise to share about our parks to enhance the experience. There are hikes for just about every taste.”
The hikes are a chance to see early spring wildflowers, discuss wildlife specific to the park, take photos of magnificent scenery, and take in the features that make each state park unique.
Hikers are urged to prepare for the weather, have sturdy footwear, and bring water and snacks. Some may want to bring hiking sticks. Participants can go online to find a hike that best fits their interest at https://tnstateparks.com/
Here are several hikes in the local vicinity. Check the link above for many more.
Bledsoe Creek State Park
Phone: (615) 452-3706
400 Zieglers Fort Road
Gallatin, TN 37066
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join park staff and make a difference, as we hike our way to cleaner trails. We will be removing brush, limbs, and downed trees along the Mayo-Wix Trail while enjoying the beauty of the park in spring!
Please dress in layers for variable spring weather and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Work gloves, drinking water, and proper foot wear are also recommended.
Bledsoe Creek Visitor Center
Port Royal State Historic Park
Phone: (931) 645-0622
3300 Old Clarksville Highway
Adams, TN 37010
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join a Park Ranger for a short hike around Port Royal and learn about the old town of Port Royal and where it went!
Parking lot behind brick Masonic Lodge
Long Hunter State Park
Phone: (615) 885-2422
2910 Hobson Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
A spring equinox hike on the Inland Trail. This hike is a one-mile loop and we will discuss the impact spring has on the Earth. The hike is intended for both adults and children, however, the trail has a small hill and is not suitable for strollers. Please dress for unpredictable spring weather. This event is rain or shine. There is no age limit to this hike but adults and older children may get more out of this hike than younger children. Well behaved dogs are allowed to attend but they must be leashed and owners should bring doggy bags for any messes they make.
Upper Bluffs Picnic Area parking lot
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
328 Cedar Forest Road
Lebanon, TN 37090
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
March is the emergence of Spring and our wonderful wildflowers including some endemics. Come out and join us as we celebrate Spring.
Meet at the Nature Center where we will learn about the endemics of the Cedar Glades, enjoy the Butterfly garden, and then a hike over to Dixon Meritt Trail to see a Cedar Glade.
We looking forward to seeing everyone this Spring. Please dress appropiately and no strollers. The Nature Center is ADA accessible but not the hike. Free and open to all ages.
Dunbar Cave State Park
401 Old Dunbar Cave Road
Clarksville, TN 37043
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate the arrival of spring by hiking with us on our 3/4 mile Short Loop Trail.
The Visitor Center